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Poster: Jim F Date: Jun 16, 2009 8:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Road Trips Works

I was perplexed by them saying the bonus disc for this latest road trips is "packed with exceptional tracks," and then seeing Around and Around on there. Maybe it's cause I've never liked the song, or maybe it's just cause I can't imagine a 1974 version worthy of being deemed "exceptional" enough to take up space on a bonus disc. But something about that just makes me laugh. Two great shows though, and they pretty much represent the highlights of both. Still, I'm not a big fan of the Road Trips series though.

The 1968 one was great for the bonus material, but I thought the patching in Alligator>Caution totally sucked, not at all what I expected for an official release. I understand they only have so much to work with on that one, but imo Charlie Miller did a way better job with that show...

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Jun 17, 2009 3:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Road Trips Works

"The 1968 one was great for the bonus material, but I thought the patching in Alligator>Caution totally sucked, not at all what I expected for an official release. I understand they only have so much to work with on that one, but imo Charlie Miller did a way better job with that show..."

And many more too!

I won't buy Road Trips unless they are complete or that segment is all that exists in a good quality recording from a particular date. A few of the latter are in the Vault. Rhino should put them out...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 17, 2009 6:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Road Trips Works; SCB knows...

Afterall of our investigations, I thought it reminded me of the Real Anthem--you know, where you hear Pig go into a Chipmunks sounding "oooohhh nooo...." (high voice imitation there).

You guys have much more experience with CM's upgrades, but to be honest, I have found every 68-71 purchase a vast improvement over any of the best of the best versions I had in my collection.

And as for the "full shows" aspect, I do carefully collect them and store them with that in mind, but as SCB noted, some of my fav shows have some really terrible songs on them that I have just ignored over the years.

For example, the recent discussion of 4-5 and the terrible CCharlie, or 6-7 and the unreal (slow!) Sug Mags...I was just listening to 6-7 and realized I never continued past the big jam to even listen to Sug Mag...what a disaster it is.

So, I think I would be pissed if they were just "hits" from a yr or two, but have no problem with 1-3 nights being used to generate 2-3 disks...

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jun 17, 2009 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Road Trips Works; SCB knows...

Thank ya, thank ya... :)

Well, (I think I said this in another thread) after listening to five shows from over a 10 year span, all ending in Sugar Mag, I was having a WTF? moment. Although I still like a good Sugar Mag occasionally. The SSDD section always makes me visualize a large happy audience in front of the stage, tossing balloons and beachballs back and forth...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 17, 2009 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Road Trips Works; SCB knows...

I guess we all have them: I cringe at CJones, JBGoode, and a few others for my 71 shows...and would for OMSN, USBlues for mid 70s.

Strange--I can't imagine having that response to TIIFTOO...

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Poster: Jim F Date: Jun 17, 2009 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Road Trips Works; SCB knows...

Yeah I rarely make it through a US Blues, Casey Jones, or JBGoode myself. Same for Around and Around. Plus, my friend and I have this thing where whenever we're gonna go on a long mid-70's journey, we nearly ALWAYS forward past the first 4:30 of Truckin, and the first 3:00 of Playing in the Band.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jun 17, 2009 3:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Road Trips Works; SCB knows...

Well, um, I'm not gonna rant abt the Chuck Berry covers again, but I'm with y'all! ;-) Casey Jones I have to be in the mood for, especially the Workingman's version... so overplayed! I do like the 8/21/69 Casey Jones from the Aqua Theatre, Seattle, but that's a weird one...

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Poster: high flow Date: Jun 17, 2009 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Road Trips Works; SCB knows...

I said this last night at a bar we all know.....

Rhino was looking out for us on this one. Why pay $20 for 3 discs of ONE show which has some low-points?? Here, Rhino offers 3 discs for $20 bucks which contain the highest-highlights of TWO great shows!

Trimming the fat to keep the jams affordable, all the while serving prime cuts.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jun 17, 2009 4:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Road Trips Works; SCB knows...

Thanks for phrasing better in one post what I've been trying to say in my last several.

I too think Rhino was looking out for us on this one. It's simply a better bang for the buck.

Truth be told, the actual number of shows that I would rate worthy of commercial release in their entirety is probably a lot smaller than what most folks would come up with anyway.